Coming exclusively to Apple TV+ on January 29.
After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together—and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie’s past threatens to ruin his new life and family.
We are introduced to Eddie, an ex-con fresh out of jail, trying to plant some roots at home. He is struggling to find somewhere to work as he reacquaints himself in the town he grew up.
Next, we get introduced to Sam, whose mother abandons him from time to time and stays with Eddie and Vivian until she returns. Eddie, not much for patience, struggles with having the kids around.
I’ll pause for a minute within my review and state we as a country have an issue giving those who do time for their actions a second chance. I am not saying we should hand everything to them, but I am saying that we should give them a better opportunity to get acclimated to life after time served.
As we begin to see Palmer making the most of his second chance, a travesty transpires where Sam’s responsibility lies solely on his lap. The dynamic between Palmer and Sam is what carries the film throughout. Justin Timberlake and Ryder Allen respectively play the pair. Their chemistry has a lot of balance because this isn’t your typical broken man, broken child circumstances. I will say this is the most mature we have ever seen Timberlake in a role, as he plays Palmer with conviction. We as a country have an issue giving those who do time for their actions a second chance. I am not saying we should hand everything to them, but I am saying that we should give them a better opportunity to get acclimated to life after time served, and we saw here a man that needed to be rooted for, and Timberlake embodies that beautifully. Ryder Allen is your stereotypical kid, and he has a unique side of him that isn’t easy for any kid to play him. While I am impressed with Timberlake, Allen’s emotional depth highlighted a demanding role he had to conquer.
Coupled with Timberlake and Allen’s great performances, Juno Temple, fresh off Ted Lasso, is perfect in Shelly’s role. The make-up job was remarkable as in the second half of the film, and she was unrecognizable. Temple has several scenes where she steals the show, but one in particular, she absolutely destroys you with her dialogue.
In closing, One of the things that impressed me the most about Palmer was how they layered the film’s emotions. From the beginning, the build-up is this uncharacteristic nature of Palmer trying to adapt to this new life to the film, and coming full circle and showing this maturity level of someone making the most of their second chance.
‘Palmer is a riveting look at what happens when we give someone a second chance at life.’